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Communicating Equations via E-Mail

  1. Apr 6, 2007 #1
    In communicating with others via e-mail, it is quite difficult to render equations in ASCII text, particularly something like a complicated PDE. When the need arises to exchange involved equations with others, and to discuss those equations, what is a good way to accomplish that?
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  3. Apr 6, 2007 #2


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    This is quite an annoying problem. What I normally do is either attach a pdf with the equations on or, if it's a simple equation, just write in tex.
  4. Apr 6, 2007 #3
    Yes, that is more or less the way I do it, too. However, it involves publishing, and that form makes it difficult for respondents to re-edit the work.

    The way I send and reply to such e-mails is to draft my response by hand, then scan the handwritten pages and attach them as a PDF. I still seek a more elegant way.
  5. Apr 6, 2007 #4


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    You could use Latex to compile the equation into an image and then insert it into the email.
  6. Apr 6, 2007 #5
    I am aware of Teχ and LaTeχ but not have kept up with all the available implementations. While a web-based LaTeχ tool is intriguing, I still would rather have a WYSIWYG system resident on my own computer. The only WYSIWYG implementation I know of is Scientific Word from MacKichan Software, but that will not be on Linux until next year.

    Are there other LaTeχ WYSIWYG implementations for Windows and/or Linux?
  7. Jan 4, 2010 #6


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    You can also use a program like eqascii or asciiTeX to render your equation in plain ASCII. Both programs are command line and use a LaTeX-like syntax. This way you can simply copy and paste plain ASCII formatted equations.
  8. Jan 4, 2010 #7
    Thanks for the update.
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